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MERIDIAN DAYS OF HOPE CALENDAR RAISES $115,000 FOR AREA HOMELESS

 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Meridian Bank today distributed more than $115,000 in proceeds from its 1993 Days of Hope campaign to 11 homeless organizations in six Delaware Valley counties.
 In three years, the Days of Hope initiative has raised $290,000 for area homeless organizations.
 Meridian raised the funds by selling 22,000 copies of a full-color calendar through its network of 82 branch offices in the Delaware Valley and a large employee volunteer sales force. Donors also contributed $7,700 to the project during a silent auction event held in November at the Franklin Institute. Results of the campaign were announced at a press conference at Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless in Center City Philadelphia.
 Organizations in Philadelphia receiving contributions included Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless, $13,625; Project Rainbow, $13,625; and People's Emergency Center, $21,900.
 For the first time, funds raised through Days of Hope were contributed to a beneficiary organization in New Jersey. The Rev. Alvin Stewart accepted $4,280 for the Camden Peace Mission, serving homeless individuals and families in southern New Jersey.
 In Bucks County, the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter in Langhorne received $8,800, and Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, $3,900. Montgomery County recipients were Habitat for Humanity, Norristown, $16,900, and the Montgomery County Housing Coalition, $7,250.
 Chester County beneficiaries were Community Service Council in West Chester, $14,100, and St. Mary's Franciscan Shelter in Phoenixville, $6,000. Community Action Agency of Delaware County received $5,500.
 "The Days of Hope campaign is one project which helps build partnerships between the public and private sectors," said Chris Simiriglia, director of development for Philadelphia Committee for the Homeless. "Not only is the bank contributing time and money to this project, they also serve as a vehicle through which others can get involved with the problem of homelessness."
 The 1992 Days of Hope calendar campaign raised $101,000, and the 1991 campaign $75,000.
 Diane Kolodzinski, banking officer for community relations at Meridian and chair of this year's Days of Hope committee, said employees working in Meridian's branch offices raised $65,000 for the campaign, selling more than 12,000 calendars. She commended Meridian's New Jersey Loan Production office in Mt. Laurel, whose employees sold an average of 250 calendars each, and the bank's Southampton branch, which sold 501 calendars, collecting $2,500.
 "The success of this year's program was the result of many dedicated individuals who wanted to make a difference in helping the homeless receive compassionate, rehabilitative care and services," Kolodzinski said.
 The 1993 calendar featured the work of 12 Delaware Valley artists, including Conshohocken resident Michelle Jones, whose design of Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Bridge at night was chosen as the calendar cover.
 Recipient organizations received all revenue generated from sales within their county of residence, with the three Philadelphia organizations dividing the funds raised in Philadelphia County.
 Besides Meridian, companies contributing human and financial resources to the 1993 Days of Hope calendar were: Waldman Graphics of Pennsauken, N.J., which donated part of the cost of printing the calendar; Roosevelt Paper Company of Philadelphia, which donated the calendar paper; and Reimel Carter Advertising, which contributed design and layout. Sponsors covered costs of the calendar production, allowing funds raised through sales to go directly to recipient organizations.
 Meridian Bank, a subsidiary of Reading-based Meridian Bancorp, serves the banking needs of its Pennsylvania and Delaware communities through a network of 228 branch offices. Affordable housing and other community initiatives like Days of Hope are targeted priorities of Meridian's corporate contributions program.
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 /CONTACT: Diane Kolodzinski, 215-854-3258, or Jeffrey Gordon, 215-854-3127, both of Meridian Bank/


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